Last Thursday the election period began in the Aichi gubernatorial election, which has implications for both IR proposals in the prefecture. However, there is little reason to believe that incumbent Governor Hideaki Omura will not win in a landslide.
Omura is backed not only by the ruling coalition Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito Party, but also by the largest opposition force, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.
Meanwhile, his challenger, Saichi Kurematsu, has only the support of the Japan Communist Party.
The casino issue is not even the main point of contention between the candidates, which is instead the expense of the high-speed maglev train that is now under construction, and which many observers believe is wasteful and unnecessary. Nevertheless, Kurematsu could be expected to oppose all casino-related projects should he win an upset victory.
While Omura has not overtly declared his support for an IR bid, he is for all practical purposes boosting the Tokoname city bid and opposing the rival IR ambitions of Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura.
Election Day is February 3. (AGB Nippon)